TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Schneider Electric DS-NVs Rvctl.RVControl.1 SetText Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-15-090: March 12th, 2015


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Schneider Electric DS-NVs. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the Rvctl.RVControl.1 ActiveX Control in rvctl.dll. The control does not check the length of an attacker-supplied string in the SetText method before copying it into a fixed length buffer on the stack. This allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser process.

Vendor Response

Schneider Electric has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2014-08-13 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2015-03-12 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Ariele Caltabiano (kimiya) and Andrea Micalizzi (rgod)